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as the sequester. and why? well, one way that the f.a.a. is dealing with its share of cutbacks is by furloughing air traffic controllers saying on any given day 10% of the 15,000 controllers could be on furlough. with fewer controllers but the same number of flights the f.a.a. and the airlines have been warning travellers about the possibility of delays. up to three and a half hours in atlanta. more than two hours in chicago. an hour and 20 minutes at laguardia. the f.a.a. says as long as the sequester is in effect, the delays could last through the summer, which is the busy travel season. brian? >> rehema ellis at laguardia for us tonight. thanks. >>> still ahead on our broadcast, a series of extraordinary events. a town blown apart, a poison letter sent to the president, a bride on television in the middle of an earthquake. that's just the start of what happened while the nation's attention was elsewhere last week. >>> later the sad word tonight of the loss of a music legend. ♪ >>> we're back. we are all just back from a weekend that gave this country a chance to breathe. we were all watchin
ahead. later the warning today from the f.a.a. the reason for major flight delays starting this weekend at a lot of the best known airports across this country. >>> take a look at the national radar and look at the front cutting north to south and moving to the east. it's a huge weather system stretching from the mexican border all the way into canada, dumping torrents of rain, snow, hail, spawning tornadoes along the way. it's left a lot of damage behind. the chicago area particularly hard-hit. nbc's john yang is in lisle, about 25 miles outside of chicago. john, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the radar says there is more rain on the way. across the region rivers are still rising as forecasters are predicting record levels and massive flooding. chicago streets turned into rivers and lanes of major expressways shut down as heavy rain fell faster than storm sewers could carry it away. neighborhoods quickly flooded. in lisle, firefighters set out in boats to answer calls for help. >> we had to be prepared not only today but over the next several days for flooding in diffe
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